Monday, August 9, 2010

Guest: Kate Pearce

Please welcome Kate Pearce to VampChix today! She gives us a glimpse into her writing world.  Kate will give away a copy of KISS OF THE ROSE and a pretty little roll-on perfume she had made just for the book launch (pic below).  One lucky commenter will be chosen, and announced as winner on Wednesday!


Before I started to write Kiss of the Rose, I’d written a few historical romances, some contemporaries and a couple of futuristics, so I wasn’t terribly worried about writing a paranormal. That was until I started writing it. With this particular series I needed to establish the worlds of the Tudors, the Druids and the Vampires, as well as an external plot, riveting characters and a love story- easy peasy in 85K words, right? The Tudors of course, came with their real history, but my version of the Vampire world was tied in with the world of the Druids.

I did a lot of reading which included a Dummy’s Guide to Vampires, (very interesting btw). I studied Tudor politics at college, and I’m from England originally, so I had a fair understanding of that time period. I’d come across the Druids in my archaeology classes, and the Vampires I’d read about in many formats from the classic myths through to Anne Rice and J R Ward. But I wanted my Vampires to be unique to my world and that meant a meshing up between the legends of Druid’s performing human sacrifices and Vampires drinking human blood.

I’ve heard many authors say that creating a historical world is similar to creating a paranormal world and I’d agree with that. Consistency and logic are key, Even supernatural things have to make some kind of sense and shouldn’t be subject to change. That always bugs me as a reader when a world is set up with certain boundaries, and then those boundaries change to accommodate new plot problems or characters. There are ways to subvert those borders but not by throwing them out completely.

Kiss of the Rose needed a lot of behind-the-scenes work to establish those three worlds without overwhelming the reader or drowning the central romance of the characters. And when I say a lot of work, I mean there was crying and gnashing of teeth and thoughts of returning NAL’s money because I felt I could never get it right. Luckily my critique partners persuaded me to keep going

Writing the second book proved much easier once those restrictions were established. Now I just have to remember them. Some authors create a world-bible of their paranormal worlds and I can see why. I’m not the world’s greatest note taker, but, for this complex world? I think I’m going to have to become one. ☺

Blurb:  First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the English crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids that bound him and his heirs to the Druid’s deadly struggle against the Vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, an ancient Vampire slaying family, have been in the permanent employ of the monarchy.
Now Henry VIII is on the throne, and his father’s bargain has almost been forgotten. Until corpses drained of blood start turning up in the most inappropriate of places, including the king’s bedchamber. But are these people the victims of the Vampires-or of the Druids?
To save the king from a nameless assassin, Rosalind Llewellyn, Vampire hunter extraordinaire, must form an uneasy alliance with a known Druid slayer. Sir Christopher Ellis hails from a family that has protected the Vampires for centuries, yet Rosalind has no choice but to rely on his help. And with her life threatened and her loyalty tested, Rosalind may even have to acknowledge the unthinkable. This sworn enemy may be her soul mate.

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Monica said...

I would like to be entered in this giveaway please.

Can't wait to read this one!


~*Jessica Rabbit*~ said...

I seen this book the other day but didn't have the money to get it. Talk about disapointing. lol. I'm curious as to what that perfume smells like.


Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Hi Kate! How cool that you had a scent made for the launch of the novel! :-D

I've been "stalking" your book for the past week in different blog stops as I find it an extremely unique and exciting premise that you combined paranormal with the historical! I would love to read The Kiss of the Rose, please enter me in the giveaway.

Thank you!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

SandyG265 said...

This sounds like a good book. I like the mix of historical and paranormal.

Alicia0605 said...

oooo... I'm so excited!! This is the first that I have heard of this book.. LOL on the whole Vampires for Dummies!! I love the idea of combining tudors and vampires. Very intriguing. Once again I'm looking forward to this. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!!


tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!

throuthehaze said...

I love the cover! This sounds like such a good book :)
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Johanna said...

Hi Kate, Wow this book look very good. The cover is gorgeous and it seems very different than most of the books I have been reading. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this. Thanks for sharing today!

Kirsten said...

This book sounds amazing. I watched that show the Tudors with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and if it's anything like that plus vampires I'm going to love it!

Kate Pearce said...

Thanks guys! It certainly was an interesting book to write!

The perfume is rose based with a spicy/herbal scent based on herbs and essences available in the Tudor era. It reminds me of rose talcum powder LOL

Michele Hauf said...

THe blurb makes me want to buy it, but I have to say, the cover is so freakin' gorgeous, I'd buy it no matter what it's about. (But good thing there are vamps in it.) ;-)

Lil said...

I have been curious about this book since you mentioned it in an author chat some time back. Have really been looking forward to this series.

Anna D said...

You can't get much better than a book about the Tudors with vampires. Two of my favorite subjects! And I love the idea of creating a perfume based on the book.

Emily Ryan-Davis said...

Having read KotR, I can confidently say you've blended your worlds seamlessly in creation. :) I'm glad you decided to tackle vampires. They're a species I enjoy reading in paranormal romance but at the same time a species that can easily be "the same as the last vampire hero".

Hooray for the originality of your Tudor vampire and druid world!

Julie said...

Love the cover! It looks like it could be an advertisement for an awesome TV show. * _______ * I love that you have goodies to go along with your release contests!

Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Kate Pearce said...

I'm quite happy for people to pick it up because of the cover-I just hope the book is good enough for it :)

Robin K said...

Sounds fantastic and one of my all time favorite cover designs!

Martha Lawson said...

Wow! Looks interesting. Please enter me for it. I'm also interested to see what the perfume smells like!!

I follow on gfc

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Barbara E. said...

I've always enjoyed the Tudor period in history, and then mix in vampires and now I'm dying to read Kiss of the Rose.

mariska said...

Hummmm....this will be good, we can wear the perfume, while reading the book ! oh, i guess it will be Rose scent ? :)

count me in please !

uniquas at ymail dot com

Jesi O'Connell said...

Not sure if this comment was supposed to be left yesterday...but would still love to win! I really want to read this one. :)

Michele Hauf said...

all comments on monday and Tuesday will be counted toward the contest!

Kate Pearce said...

yup=the perfume is rose-based with a spicy herby undertone made with all natural essential oils :) and its small enough to pop in your purse :)

van_pham said...

The synopsis sounds intriguing, please enter me :)